Most Researched Vehicles of 2012


At the end of the year, many major automotive publications look back at the top performing models of the previous year. This can be a boon to those looking for used cars who may not be sure where to start. Kelley Blue Book recently released the top 20 most researched models of 2012, and Honda‘s CR-V came out on top. The crossover SUV was followed by the Toyota Camry, Honda Civic and Accord and Hyundai Elantra. The Ford F-150, Hyundai Sonata, Ford Escape, Nissan Altima and Mazda Mazda3 rounded out the top 10.

“The Mazda 3 resonated with visitors during 2012 as gas prices were fluctuating, and due to its affordability it continues to remain top-of-mind among new-car shoppers,” said Akshay Anand, KBB’s market intelligence Web analyst. “During 2012, Mazda had a solid year with its refocused brand image and SkyActiv Technology, which touts fuel efficiency and technology innovations.”

Now that car companies have begun rolling out their new lineups for 2013, many drivers might soon trade in their current rides in order to get the latest vehicles. This means that cars like the 2012 Mazda 3 will soon become available to used car shoppers, since new car owners often hold onto their vehicles for only one to three years.

Like KBB, Norton dose a similar comparison at the end of each year to see the most popular brands we own and carry.  This year Toyota was the top brand followed closely by Hyundai and Mazda.  Give us a call at (713) 426-4600 if you want more information about any of these vehicles.


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